Nipissing rocks to bring home importance of public services and problems with privatization

    NORTH BAY, ON, July 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Last month, activists from North
Bay sat in rocking chairs to highlight standards of care in long-term care
homes. This Monday night, residents from North Bay, Sudbury and West Nipissing
will rock to a different tune provided by Trooper in a rock concert at
Sturgeon Falls' Goulard Park to celebrate public services.
    The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario will hold a media
conference Monday, July 21 at 10:30 a.m. in North Bay to outline how specific
privatization and contracting out issues are threatening the quality of local
public services, particularly in the municipal and health care sectors.
    CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan, as well as local representatives, will
also address how contracting out is threatening good jobs in the region,
particularly in view of the decline of good jobs in forestry and
    "We're putting on a free 'Rock for Public Services' concert to celebrate
and bring home the importance of public services in building and strengthening
communities," says Ryan.

           Date:                Monday, July 21, 2008

           Media Conference:    10:30 a.m.

           Location:            180 Shirreff Avenue
                                Suite 260, North Bay

For further information:

For further information: Valerie Dugale, CUPE Communications, (647)

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